English Education

The undergraduate secondary English education teaching major is a comprehensive four-year program designed to prepare students to teach middle and high school English. After completing the requirements of the program, students will be qualified to obtain a license to teach English in the state of Indiana in grades 5-12. Students complete coursework in both the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts, including four discipline-specific methods courses: composition for teachers, literature in the middle and secondary school, teaching English in the secondary school, and teaching English language arts in the middle school and junior high. In addition, English Education students must maintain a 2.5 GPA or above so that they can complete a mandatory 10-week student teaching experience in a middle or high school.

Points of Pride

  • This rigorous major, like all education majors at Purdue, prepares each future teacher with great depth of subject knowledge. English Education is, effectively, a complete major in English with additional courses in educational psychology, curriculum development, and pedagogy.
  • An English major learns many skills that employers find desirable, which may lead them to jobs in publishing, marketing, management, etc. Skills include: Ability to communicate, both in writing and orally, grammatical accuracy, editing and re-writing skills, ability to analyze and interpret data, documentation skills, creativity, foreign language ability, ability to present a clear and logical argument, understanding of human motivation.
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a vast library of resources ranging from style guides to instructional material to assist Purdue students. OWL also is an international resource, with a Web site that receives nearly 100 million hits a year from more than 125 different countries.
  • Purdue has several student organizations for English students which include the Student English Association, Haraka Writers, and the Professional Writers Club.


  • English/language arts teacher
  • Online instructor/fundamentals of English teacher
  • Social studies/English educational consultant
  • Education sales
  • Business jobs in training/management that rely on excellent written/ communication skills

Plan of Study


ENGL 22700 Elements of Linguistics or equivalent

Note: Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 & earn a grade of C- or above in all content courses.

A. The following courses in ENGL (12)

ENGL 301000 Ways of Reading
ENGL 32700 English Language I
ENGL 32800 English Language II
ENGL 49200 Literature in Secondary Schools

B. The following courses in Literature (9)

ENGL 24000 British Literature Survey I or ENGL 24100 British Literature Survey II
ENGL 35000 American Literature Survey I or ENGL 35100 American Literature Survey II
ENGL 44200 Shakespeare

C. THREE additional courses in Literature (9)

TWO 3-hour literature courses at the 30000-level or above
ONE 3-hour literature course at the 40000-level or above

D. TWO courses from the following courses (6)

COM 25000 Mass Com. and Society or COM 25100 Communication, Information, and Society
ENGL 27600 Shakespeare on Film (Aesthetic Awareness)
ENGL 27900 The American Short Story in Print & Film
ENGL 28600 The Movies or ENGL 38600 History of Film to 1928 or ENGL 38700 History of Film 1938 to Present (Aesthetic Awareness)

E. A 3-hour course in minority group literature (3)

(Such as ENGL 25700-Literature of Black America, ENGL 35200-Native American Literature, ENGL 35400-Asian American Literature, ENGL 25800-Black Drama, and ENGL 35900-Black Women Writers, or a special topics course on the literature of a minority group)

F. TWO courses in writing or teaching writing (5-6)

ENGL 20500 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 30400 Advanced Composition
ENGL 30600 Introduction to Professional Writing
ENGL 29000 Practicum in Tutoring Writing (2)
ENGL 40600 Review Writing
ENGL 41900 Multimedia Writing 
ENGL 42000 Business Writing
ENGL 42100 Technical Writing 
ENGL 42400 Writing for High tEchnology Industries
ENGL 47000 Studies in Rhetoric and Composition

Minimum graduation indices for admission to and retention in the teacher education programs are pending. (33)
Note: Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 & earn a grade of C- or above in all professional courses.

EDCI 20500 Exploring Teaching as a Career
EDCI 28500 Multiculturalism and Education (Racial & Eth. Div.)
EDCI 27000 Introduction to Educational Tech and Computing
EDCI 42200 The Teaching of English in Secondary Schools
EDCI 43400 Literacy Teaching and Learning in Sec Schools
EDPS 23500 Learning and Motivation (Individual and Society)
EDPS 26500 The Inclusive Classroom (Social Ethics)
EDPS 32700 Assessment Literacy
EDST 20010 Educational Policies and Laws
EDCI 49800 Supervised Teaching

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Print Plan of Study

Department of English

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